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Top Picnic Spots in Cape Town

We’ve rounded up a list of scenic picnic spots in and around Cape Town

Last updated: 25 January 2023

Summer is here, and what better way to spend the warm days than in the great outdoors with your loved ones? The Mother City and her surroundings are home to plenty of mountainside picnic spots that offer built-in braai facilities/fireplaces, picnic tables, and seating or ready-made picnic baskets, and we just made it easier for you with a list of the most scenic picnic spots across Cape Town. 

PARADISE PARK

Paradise Park is one of the lesser-known parks in Cape Town, even though it is home to the city's largest treehouse. You can find this hidden garden between Newlands and Claremont, and besides the treehouse, there are also ladders, bridges. platforms, swings and slides for the kids to play on and explore.  


Paradise Rd | Newlands

RATANGA PARK

This former amusement park not only offers fun water and land-based activities but is also the “green lung” of Century City, which makes it a great space to feel replenished after a long week, or to simply spend time with loved ones. With benches and lush greenery around, this park is family-friendly and makes for the perfect picnic experience - you can enjoy a day outdoors while admiring rich bird life and indigenous vegetation. 


4 Conference Lane | Century City | Image: Louise de Roubaix  

GREEN POINT URBAN PARK

With scenic mountain and city views, Green Point Park remains one of the most treasured picnic spots in Cape Town. There are three playgrounds that cater to children of all ages, an outdoor labyrinth, a biodiversity garden and a Khoi history exhibition. With several picnic areas with tables and benches, you can set up a picnic at this park, and take in the beautiful scenery. The park is dog-friendly and is the perfect background for selfies too.


1 Fritz Sonnenberg Road | Green Point | 021 444 4258 | @greenpointparkcapetown Image: Lara van Zyl

LITTLE STREAM FARMHOUSE DELI

Little Stream is one of Cape Town’s best-kept secrets. This elegant and rustic venue offers the perfect getaway from the buzz of the city. Situated on the foothills of Constantia between two wine farms, you can enjoy a magical garden picnic, surrounded by greenery from the picturesque forest setting. Pack your own picnic basket or enjoy a meal from the artisan-style menu at the tea garden and cafe. Little ones eat for free on Wednesdays and Fridays


Klein Constantia Road | Constantia | @littlestreamconstantia

GALILEO OPEN AIR CINEMA

Picnic and a movie – perfect date idea, right? Now make it an open-air cinema experience in some of the most gorgeous botanical garden and wine estates in the province, and add some delicious artisanal foods. The Galileo showcases some of the best movies of all time, from rom-coms to old classics. Find out more about this experience (Note: the Galileo is only open in summer).


Various Locations | 071 471 8728 | Instagram: @thegalileo | Image: Galileo Open Air Cinema

WYNBERG PARK

Based at the start of the Krakeelwater river, this 22-hectare park boasts an attractive conifer garden, a kids’ play area and a selection of lawns ideal for picnics with family and friends. The garden is open daily between 8am and 7pm during summer and between 8am and 6pm during winter.


58 Avenue Corner Klaassens | Wynberg | 021 444 8849 | Image: Craig Mario Roman

JONKERSHOEK NATURE RESERVE 

Jonkershoek Nature Reserve, which includes the smaller Assegaaibosch Nature Reserve, lies near the town of Stellenbosch and is about a forty-five minute drive from Cape Town. The reserve boasts astounding botanical beauty, a garden, grassy lawns, a picnic and braai area, parking and toilets. Entrance is R50 for adults and R30 for children between six and 16 years old.


Jonkershoek Road | Stellenbosch | 021 866 1560 | Image: Neil Burger  

OUDEKRAAL BEACH 

Situated between Camps Bay and Llandudno and set against the backdrop of the Twelve Apostles mountain range, this stunning, boulder-enclosed beach is one of Cape Town's best-kept secrets. There are a number of grassy picnic sites under milkwood trees where you can braai and have alfresco meals with family and friends. Entry to private zones cost R40pp.


Table Mountain National Park Head Office | 021 712 2337 | Image: @weekendwarriors_za

SILVERMINE NATURE RESERVE 

Part of the Table Mountain National Park, the breathtaking Silvermine Nature Reserve claims a large reservoir that just begs Capetonians to picnic along its pretty banks. Other activities in the area include mountain biking, bird watching, rock climbing and hiking to the popular Elephant’s Eye cave


Table Mountain National Park Head Office | 021 712 7471 |  Image: ​​Tamzin Glass 

4 MORE LOCAL FAVOURITES 

PLACE 

OPENING HOURS 

ADDRESS 

Signal Hill

Daily; 24 hours 

Signal Hill Drive, Signal Hill

Table Mountain

Daily; 8am - 8:30 pm

Tafelberg Road, Table Mountain (Nature Reserve) 

Lions Head 

Daily; 24 hours 

Signal Hill Road, Signal Hill 

Kirstenbosch

Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun; 8:30am - 5:30pm, Thur; 8am - 5pm

Rhodes Drive, Newlands 

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